Have you been exercising your discovery muscle lately? Successful business leader, Ronald M. Shaich, the CEO of US-based Panera Bread, makes a useful distinction between an organisation’s delivery and discovery muscles.
A survey by John Burke at Miami University found that 109 libraries in the US had a makerspace or were close to opening one. Others are hosting events like Wikipedia edit-a-thons, where residents plumb the library's resources to create articles about local history.
Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.
Know or die: risk and opportunity of Knowledge 2.0 “And the web stormed the enterprise and disrupted roles, tasks and jobs: it cast speed, openness, flexibility and efficiency throughout, sparing no business processes: manufacturing, logistic, accounting, customer relation management, lead generation…” The digital mutation is also profoundly disrupting how knowledge is acquired, organized and shared. Knowledge is an intangible, yet strategic asset of any enterprise. With businesses becoming more virtual and dematerialized, its value is patently and rapidly growing. Continue reading →
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Yesterday Europeana published a great case study documenting the experiences of the Dutch Rijksmuseum in opening up access to their collection of digital public domain images. The case study was written by Joris Pekel, community coordinator for cultural heritage at the Europeana Foundation. Over the last few...
As the Electric Objects Kickstarter campaign draws to a close — and on the heels of its newly launched artist in residence program — the folks behind the EO1 electronic picture frame have announced... Keep reading →
In the six months Mikael Jacobsen has worked as learning experiences manager at the Skokie Public Library, his days have come to include everything from teaching classes to producing movies and offering information about Microsoft Office products. He oversees the library's digital media lab, coordinates its digital literacy offerings and introduces ideas in hands-on learning for non-traditional items, such as video cameras patrons can check out.
On her own admission, Li Edelkoort says she’s in a strange profession. As a trend and lifestyle forecaster, her clients come from a diverse range of industries — fashion, cars, cosmetics and even food. So what inspires these predictions? Is there something the rest of us are missing? “The signs are always available,” she says. “I just learned to train my intuition, learned to listen and tapped into it as early as possible.” Recently in Toronto for the launch of Samsung’s Chef Collection, we decided to pick her brain about the culinary trends she’s picked up on that we should all be paying attention to right now and those that will affect us in the near future.